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Great Lakes Bioinformatics Consortium (GLBC)
Contributing Tier Affiliate

Contact: Daisuke Kihara This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Geographical area included: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Quebec, and Wisconsin

Leadership Structure: Conference Steering Committee:

Bruce Aronow, Children's Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati
Gary Bader, University of Toronto
Tanya Berger-Wolf, University of Illinois at Chicago
Robert Blumenthal, University of Toledo
Sorin Draghici, Wayne State University
Bruno Gaeta, University of New South Wales (Ex Officio)
Elodie Ghedin, New York University
Anthony Gitter, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Daisuke Kihara, Purdue University
Jundong Liu, Ohio University
Francisco Melo Ledermann, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (Ex Officio)
John Parkinson, Hospital for Sick Children
Predrag Radivojac, Indiana University
Sushmita Roy, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Russell Schwartz, Carnegie Mellon University (Co-chair)
Lonnie Welch, Ohio University (Co-chair)

GLBIO 2021 Program Chairs:

Dan Knights, University of Minnesota
Chad Myers, University of Minnesota

GLBIO 2021 Publication Chairs:

Sarath Chandra Janga, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Shaun Mahony, Pennsylvania State University
Tijana Milenkovic, University of Notre Dame

GLBIO 2021 Poster Chairs:

Catherine Putonti, Loyola University Chicago
Guenter Tusch, Grand Valley State University

GLBIO 2021 Travel Fellowship Chairs:

Serdar Bozdag, Marquette University
Layla Oesper, Carleton College

Goals: The Great Lakes Bioinformatics Consortium strives to enhance educational opportunities and research infrastructure throughout the region, to make the Great Lakes a world leader in bioinformatics and to facilitate new discoveries in data-intensive biological research. The Consortium has chosen to center its activities on the Great Lakes Regional Bioinformatics Conference (GLBIO), and to accomplish its goals as an affiliate society through that meeting. This includes providing a venue for regional scientists and other interested attendees to meet and share research results, providing a platform for discussion on topics of shared interest through conference activities and special sessions, and providing opportunities for students to present their work at a local scientific meeting and interact with other scientists and potential future employers.

Brief history: Over the past decade, there have been 3 independent initiatives that have culminated in this proposal to form the Great Lakes Bioinformatics Consortium. Starting in 2002, there was a Michigan based "Great Lakes Bioinformatics Retreat" that was sponsored and hosted by the Michigan Center for Biological Information (MCBI) a Michigan Life Science Corridor funded initiative led by Dr. Brian Athey. This program held yearly retreats, from 2002-2006, with keynote speakers, and student oral presentations; the locations were primarily in Michigan. There was a board of directors for a proposed Great Lakes Bioinformatics Consortium that first convened in August, 2004 and consisted of representatives from most of the great lakes bioinformatics programs which are outlined in this proposal. The Consortium did not reach critical mass, and may have been too Michigan-centric; however, there remains a strong interest in regional networking and collaboration and professional engagement.

A second initiative is the Midwest Symposium on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics. MSCBB is an ongoing conference series, which held 1-day meetings in Illinois in 2007 and 2008, attracting over 300 attendees. The meetings included keynote speakers, invited talks, and student poster presentations. Merit based student poster awards were given during the meetings. Registration fees were waived, to encourage the participation of students. Future meetings are planned. The MSCBB Chair is Prof. Ping Ma of University of Illinois, and the conference committee consists of faculty from universities in Indiana, Illinois and Michigan.

A third initiative was created in Ohio. Ohio researchers, educators and industry leaders collaboratively organized the annual Ohio Collaborative Conferences on Bioinformatics (OCCBIO), with its inaugural meeting in June 2006. In August 2007, the OCCBIO conference leadership formally united to form the Ohio Bioinformatics Consortium; OBC leveraged the existing statewide research community to enhance Ohio’s role in bioinformatics education and research. In May 2008 the consortium was awarded $9M from the University System of Ohio and 12 academic institutions. The funds provide scholarships for five years to hundreds of graduate and undergraduate students who study bioinformatics in universities across the state of Ohio.

The Great Lakes Bioinformatics Consortium devotes itself primarily to running the GLBIO conference, which occurs annually with some exceptions. The meeting serves as an annual meeting for tutorials, oral and poster presentations of new research. The meeting will also serve as an informal communication and networking forum for professional development of members (faculty and students). We believe that by bringing together the Great Lakes bioinformatics community on a regular basis, many new initiatives will be born. It was decided that the meeting would be canceled when ISMB is in the Great Lakes Region (2018 and 2020) in favor of a virtual presence at ISMB.

Currently, planning is ongoing for GLBIO 2023, intended to be held in Minneapolis in May 2021. We now expect this to be an online or hybrid meeting, with planning actively underway.

Activities and programs that demonstrate the advancement of bioinformatics and computational biology:
The Consortium's activities are centered on the GLBIO conference. Information on the previous GLBIO can be found here:


Last Updated December 24, 2021

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Midsouth Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Society (MCBIOS)
Established Tier Affiliate

Contact: Edward J. Perkins, Ph.D., President, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Geographical area included: MidSouth region of the US. This includes the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas.

Leadership Structure: Board of Directors
Andy Perkins Ph.D., President
Board Member through 2015, Department of Computer Science, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS

Chaoyang Zhang Ph.D., President-Elect
Board Member through 2016, The School of Computing, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS

Ed J. Perkins, Ph.D., Past President
Board Member through 2014, US Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), Vicksburg, MS

Dennis Burian Ph.D., Treasurer
Board Member Research Scientist, Civil Aerospace Medical Institute, FAA, Oklahoma City, OK

Debra Knisley Ph.D., Secretary
Board Member through 2015, Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN

Jianlin (Jack) Cheng, Ph.D.,
Board Member through 2014, Department of Computer Science, University of Missouri, Columbia MO

Jonathan Wren, Ph.D., Editor MCBIOS Proceedings,
Board Member through 2016, Oklahoma Memorial Research Foundation, Oklahoma City OK

Rakesh Kaundal, Ph.D.,
Board Member through 2015 Assistant Research Scientist, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

Cesar Compadre, Ph.D. ,
Board member through 2016 Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock AR

Roger Perkins
Board Member thru 2016 Program Director, Information Tech and Bioinformatics Contract, National Center for Toxicology Research, FDA. Director, Bioinformatics Division, Z-Tech Corporation, Jefferson, AR

Goals: The mission of the MidSouth Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Society (MCBIOS) is to foster networking and collaboration, and promote the professional development of our members.

And as stated in the bylaws, we seek to advance the understanding of bioinformatics and computational biology, bring together scientists of various backgrounds and disciplines, facilitate the collaboration of researchers with similar or complementary backgrounds to solve biological, health, and/or medical problems, promote education, inform the general public on the results and implications of current research, and promote other activities that will contribute to the development of bioinformatics and computational biology. The Society will especially support, encourage, and mentor our Student Members.

Brief history: MCBIOS was formed in 2003 and holds a scientific conference annually, sponsored by one of the member state BIOS organizations.

2003 Little Rock, AR "Building Networks"
2004 Little Rock, AR "Bioinformatics: A Systems Approach"
2006 Baton Rouge LA "Bioinformatics: A Calculated Discovery"
2007 New Orleans LA "Computational Frontiers in Biomedicine"
2008 Oklahoma City OK "Systems Biology - Bridging the Omics"
2009 Starkville, MS "Transformational Bioinformatics: Delivering Value from Genomes"
2010 Jonesboro, AR "Bioinformatics: Systems, Biology, Informatics and Computation"
2011 College Station, TX "Computational Biology and Bioinformatics for a New Decade"
2012 Oxford, MS “Making Sense of the Omics Data Deluge”
2013 Columbia, MO “Discovery in a Sea of Data”
2014 Stillwater, OK "Connecting the Dots"

Upcoming Activities: The Twelfth Annual MCBIOS Conference will be held in Little Rock Arkansas, Spring of 2015.

Publications: The Proceedings of the MCBIOS Conferences are published annually in a special issue of BMC Bioinformatics.

Last Updated June 25, 2018

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Red Mexicana de Bioinformática (Mexican Network of Bioinformatics),  RMB (in Spanish), BioNetMX (in English)
Established Tier Affiliate

Contact: Maribel Hernández Rosales
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tel: +52 442 1976590

Geographical area included: Mexico

Leadership Structure: Dr. Alejandra Medina Rivera, president
Dr. Maribel Hernández Rosales, secretary
Dr. Irma Martínez, treasurer and teaching node leader
Dr. Julio Collado, honorific member
MSc. Shirley Alquicira, administration
Dr. Yalbi I. Balderas Martínez, membership node leader
Dr. Dulce Valdivia, membership assistant
Dr. Michael Jeziorsky, Dr. Raúl Baptista, Dr. Selene Fernández Valverde, MSc. Alfredo Hernández courses organizer
Dr. Joselyn Chavez, CDSB organizer
MSc. Jair García, social network manager
Dr. Alfredo Varela, MSc. César Bonavides, Founder member

Goals: The BioNetMX emerged in 2018 as the interests of a group of scientists to unify the different groups doing bioinformatics in the country. The formalization of the network became real in July of that year with the participation of students and junior and senior researchers.

The BioNetMX has as a mission to foster the development and expansion of the bioinformatics culture in Mexico, under ethical principles of collective and organized interaction, and the vision to become a model for collaboration in bioinformatics that can be imitated by other networks in Mexico and Latin America.

Short 2-3 hour courses:
Introduction to R & RStudio.
Navigating and harnessing the power of the Tidyverse.
Visualizing data using the ggplot grammar.
Managing reports and documentation in R markdown.
Overview to analyze RNA-seq data with R.
Exploring data interactively: plotly & iSEE.
Gene set enrichment analysis in R.
How to create a R/Bioconductor software package.
Graph generation with ggplot2
Data manipulation with dplyr and tidyr
Week-long workshops:
Assembling and annotation of genomes and metagenomes.
Introduction to R and RStudio.
Assembling and annotation of genomes and metagenomes.
Workflows with RStudio and creating Shiny apps.
Analysis of single-cell RNA-seq data with R and Bioconductor.
Assembling and annotation of genomes and metagenomes.
Workshop in Advanced Bioinformatics

Activities and programs that demonstrate the advancement of bioinformatics and computational biology:
International Conference in November 2022
Workshop in Advanced Bioinformatics, February 2022
Mensual mini courses
Collaborations (UUSMB, CDSB, NNB-CCG, Rladies México)

Last Updated February 11, 2022

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Vancouver Bioinformatics User Group (vanBUG)
Provisional Tier Affiliate

Contact: Cedric Chauve (Department of Mathematics, SFU
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Mailing address:
c/o Stefanie Butland
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
950 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver BC
V5Z 4H4

Geographical area included: British Columbia Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island

Leadership Structure: Stefanie Butland / Francis Ouellette / Ryan Brinkman / Stephen Montgomery

Goals: VanBUG (Vancouver Bioinformatics Users Group) is an association of researchers, other professionals and students in the B.C. Lower Mainland who have an interest in the field of bioinformatics.Through monthly presentations we present our work, ask questions,
share ideas, tips and tricks.
Brief history: VanBUG is an original idea from Ryan Brinkman and Stefanie Butland in 2001. This site is designed and maintained by Scott McMillan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) based on original ideas from Ryan, Stefanie and Francis Ouellette, and the added support of Stephen Montgomery.

Monthly meetings are scheduled and displayed at www.vanbug.org/meetings/ and have attracted such luminaries as Lincoln Stein, John Quackenbush, Sean Eddy and Nat Goodman.

Last Updated November 22, 2017

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